Jackson Powers Softball Past New Mexico, 4-1
March 28, 2013
Junior Patrice Jackson (Kansas City, Mo.) went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer to give the San Diego State softball team a 4-1 victory over New Mexico Thursday night at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Aztecs (20-12, 1-0 Mountain West), who are receiving votes in the latest ESPN.com/USA Softball poll, have now won eight consecutive games.
SDSU got all four of its runs in the bottom of the third inning. Sophomore Kayla Jordan (San Diego/Bonita Vista HS) had a one-out single, stole second and moved to third on an illegal pitch. After senior Tiffany Corder (San Clemente, Calif.) drew a walk and stole second, Jordan scored on a throwing error by Lobo (16-21, 0-1 MW) pitcher Lauren Soles, that allowed senior Kamerin May (Corona, Calif.) to get all the way to second base. One batter later, Jackson drilled a 3-2 pitch over the left field wall for the eventual game-winning runs.
Jackson, who was named the Mountain West Player of the Week on March 19 after San Diego State's last outings, is now hitting .609 (14-for-23) with five homers, 16 RBIs and eight runs over the last eight games. She has seven home runs this year.
Jackson also added a double and a single for the Aztecs. Jordan had two hits and two stolen bases, while junior Lorena Bauer (San Diego/Steele Canyon HS), redshirt freshman Victoria Kobold (Concord, Calif.) and freshman Monica Downey (San Diego/Madison HS) each singled.
UNM got its run in the sixth when a single by Courtney Geith scored Karissa Haleman.
Senior right-hander Rebecca Arbino (Clovis, Calif.) got the win for SDSU after allowing one run on six hits and two walks over seven innings. She had seven strikeouts. Arbino (11-7) stranded 10 New Mexico baserunners for the game, including bases loaded in the fourth and sixth, respectively.
San Diego State and the Lobos meet again at 6 p.m. PT Friday night.
NOTES: The Aztecs have won 11 straight games over UNM and 16 of the past 17 meetings ... SDSU improved to 15-0 when leading after five innings, 19-2 when outhitting its opponent, 17-2 when scoring at least four runs, 13-2 when recording at least one homer, 17-4 when scoring first and 20-5 when leading at any point in the game ... RF Patrice Jackson is now tied for third all-time at San Diego State with 18 career home runs, while her seven this year are tied for the sixth most in a season on The Mesa ... DP/1B Lorena Bauer stretched her reaches base safely streak to 13 games with a single in the fifth inning.
San Diego State 4, New Mexico 1
New Mexico (16-21, 0-1 MW) 000 001 0 -- 1 6 1
San Diego State (20-12, 1-0 MW) 004 000 x -- 4 8 3
Soles and Tellez; Arbino and Kr. May.
W - Arbino, 11-7; L - Soles, 7-9.
HR: San Diego State, Jackson (7).